Dr Sarah McCrimmon, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist
Dr Sarah McCrimmon, DClinPsy, BSc (Hons), DipNeuro, BPS QiCN, CPsychol
I am a Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologist and Chartered Clinical Psychologist with twenty years' experience in specialist brain injury rehabilitation, dementia and memory assessment services. I am based near Brighton, Sussex, and provide specialist neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation for adults with acquired brain injuries, dementia and neurological conditions across East and West Sussex.
What I Provide
- Neuropsychological Assessment & Dementia Assessment
This is a comprehensive assessment of an individual's cognitive ('thinking') skills and can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses, contribute towards diagnosis (e.g. dementia) or provide recommendations for further rehabilitation.
- Neurorehabilitation & Therapy
I have worked for many years in NHS rehabilitation services, and am highly experienced in helping individuals adjust to the consequences of brain injury or living with a neurological condition. I can provide specialist rehabilitation, counselling and therapy to help improve or manage the cognitive, emotional or behavioural changes that can cause distress for some individuals and their families.
- Supervision, Training and Consultation
I am able to provide regular or ad hoc supervision, training and consultation to other psychologists and healthcare professionals. I am listed on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors and have extensive experience of facilitating group and individual supervision sessions in my NHS role.
I provide a service for individuals, couples and families affected by:
- acquired brain injury (e.g. traumatic brain injury, stroke, hypoxic brain injury, encephalitis, hydrocephalus)
- long term neurological conditions (e.g. multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy)
- mild cognitive impairment and dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal, vascular, and Lewy body dementias)
- chronic health problems, long term conditions and changes in physical functioning
I also provide a service for individuals:
- who do not have a diagnosis, but are concerned about changes in their memory, thinking and/or language
- who would like to learn more about their cognitive strengths and/or weaknesses
- who wish to develop strategies to manage any difficulties they are experiencing, or prepare for cognitively demanding activities such as interviews or exams
- who wish to obtain a report on their intellectual functioning
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am a full member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and I am listed on the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists, indicating further specialist training and experience within the area of neuropsychology.
- I have completed a diploma in clinical neuropsychology at distinction level in addition to the British Psychological Society's Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology.
- I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (Registration No: PYL19389) and a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (Membership No: 079188).
- I am listed on the Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS), which recognises psychologists with specialist expertise in supervision.
- I have twenty years' experience working in inpatient, outpatient and community settings within the NHS, offering assessment, rehabilitation and diagnostic services to individuals who have acquired brain injury, long term neurological conditions and dementia. This has included work in specialist community neurorehabilitation teams, memory assessment services, dementia and older adult mental health services, and acute and post-acute specialist inpatient units.
I adhere to professional guidelines and the HCPC and BPS code of conduct, and conscientiously follow national recommendations and the latest research evidence in order to provide a quality service.
Research and Publications
McCrimmon, S. and Oddy, M. (2006). Return to work following moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 20, (10), 1037-1046.
McCrimmon, S. (2003). Reviewing the effects of childhood head injury on family functioning: what pre- and post- injury factors affect family outcome? Clinical Psychology Training, Research and Development, 2, (2), 3-15.
Venneri, A., Bartolo, A., McCrimmon, S. & St. Clair, D. (2002). Memory and dating of past events in schizophrenia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 8, 861-866.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Traumatic brain injury, stroke, encephalitis, hydrocephalus, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, mild cognitive impairment, neurodegenerative conditions, neuropsychological assessment, neurorehabilitation, cognitive rehabilitation, CBT, Alzheimer's, vascular, lewy body, frontotemporal dementia, memory disorders, physical disabilities, health conditions, challenging behaviour, clinical psychologist, psychology.
Further details on fees, terms and conditions are available on request. For self-referrals, payment for the first session is required at least 72 hours prior to the appointment via bank transfer. Non-attendance without notification will be charged for at the full session rate. A cancellation fee of 50% of the session will be applied if less than 48 hours notice is provided.
I am based in Sussex, and can travel to see clients within the region. Alternatively, I have access to comfortable therapy rooms in Shoreham Osteopathy Centre, a couple of minutes walk from the train station. Free parking is available.
I am available early evenings, and all day Friday and Saturday.
I am an approved provider with AxaPPP and Aviva.